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Pencil Socks

Back-to-school is in session which means teacher gifts are in the near future! Here is a fun pattern to knit for those awesome teachers who give so much to our kids. 

LOOM:  Sock loom 2, 40 pegs used.

YARN:  Approx 100 grams of worsted weight superwash wool yarn. Sample used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in the following colors: Blossom Heather, Cobblestone Heather, Semolina, Almond, and Coal.

NOTIONS:  knitting tool, row counter (optional).

GAUGE: 10 sts x 16.5 sts=2 inches in stockinnette stitch.

SIZE:  Adult women shown in size 7. To make smaller/larger sizes, knit the foot shorter/longer.



P=purl stitch


w&t=wrap and turn. Lift the stitch that is on the peg, wrap the peg with the working yarn, replace stitch back on the peg.



A=Blossom Heather (Pink)

B=Cobblestone Heather (Gray)

C=Semolina (Yellow)

D=Almond (Tan)

E=Coal (Black)


Set knitting loom to 40 pegs, to work in the round.


Using A, cast on 40 sts, prepare to work in the rnd.

Rnd 1-12: *k2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd. Cut A, join B and continue with B.

Rnd 13, 15, 17, 19: k to end of rnd.

Rnd 14, 16, 18, 20: p to end of rnd. Cut B, join C, and continue with C.

Rnd 21: *k4, p1; rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep Rnd 21 until C portion measures approximately 7 inches.


The heel is completed using short-row shaping over 20 pegs.

Knit from 1 to19.  W&T 20.

Knit from 19 to 2.  W&T 1.

Knit from 2 to 18.  W&T 19.  

Knit from 18 to 3.  W&T 2.

Knit from 3 to 17.  W&T 18.  

Knit from 17 to 4.  W&T 3.  

Knit from 4 to 16.  W&T 17.  

Knit from 16 to 5.  W&T 4.  

Knit from 5 to 15.  W&T 16.  

Knit from 15 to 6.  W&T 5.  

Knit from 6 to 14.  W&T 15.  

Knit from peg 14 to 7.  W&T 6.  

(Note:  The following increase rows will require working all previous wraps and stitches together as one as the pegs are knit and  w&t’d.  This can be up to  2 wraps and a stitch worked as one.)

Knit from peg 7 to 15.  W&T 16.

Knit from 15 to 6.  W&T 5.  

Knit from 6 to 16.  W&T 17.  

Knit from 16 to 5.  W&T 4.  

Knit from 5 to 17.  W&T 18.  

Knit from 17 to 4.  W&T 3.    

Knit from 4 to 18.  W&T 19.  

Knit from 18 to 3.  W&T 2.  

Knit from 3 to 19.  W&T 20.

Knit from 19 to  2.  W&T 1.  

Pegs 1 and 20 have two wraps and the stitch. 

On the first round of the sole and foot, work the pegs with the extra wraps together with the stitch.

Sole and Foot

Next rnd: k24, p1; *k4, p1, rep from * to end of rnd.

Rep last rnd until foot measures 3 inches less than the desired length. Cut C. Join D. Continue with D in established pattern for another inch (approx. 8 rnds). Cut D, join E.


Using E, rep the same instructions as for Heel.

Keeping all sts from twisting, place the first 20 sts onto a double pointed needle.. Place the remaining 20 sts onto another double pointed needle.

BO all sts using the Kitchener Stitch, as seen in the following tutorial:

Weave all ends in. Block to set the stitches.




  1. Is this 100 grams in total? Or is this 100 grams per color or per sock?


    1. I used 100 grams total of all the colors. If you are buying the same exact yarn, I bought 2 skeins of yellow, 1 pink, 1 gray, 1 brownish, 1 black. I used most of 1 yellow skein for 1 sock (fits size 7.5 women).

  2. Darcy Maloney

    Hi Isela,

    love these socks…where can I get the yarn for these socks? tyvm

    1. I got it at

  3. Thank you Isela for the great video on the Kitchner stitch to seamlessly finish the toe of a sock. What a great addition to learning. Thank you!

  4. Thank you Isela for the helpful Kitchner video tutorial. My sock seam is invisible!

  5. Marilyn Gruber

    “Loom Knitting Socks” pattern, Ladder Lace. Chart directions show symbols in this order (right to left): k2tog yo yo ssk

    Written directions say: ssk yo yo k2tog

    I love all your patterns Isela and have made many, this one I am not sure of which directions to follow and want to use my KB oval sock loom to make them. Can you assist?

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